On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 15, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Sin always leads to blindness! Praise be God if He prevents physical blindness to occur in us, but Spiritual blindness is just as if not more devastating.  For we are not able to see and experience the wonders the Lord our God has planned for us. For He wills that we all should live good Holy lives in the fullness of His love and grace.

But too often we allow the wiles of the world take a hold of us, and let the raised voices intimidate into submission, as it seeks to drown out our Lord’s call to return to Him. We must take courage and cry out all the louder, “Son of David the most High take pity on us!” And when His gentle voice asks what we want Him to do for us? We cry out to Him for mercy, as we humbly ask to see His glory once again in our lives. We can be sure He will heal us of our afflictions and set us free once again to live lives worthy of Him. Amen

Praise and glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ now and forever!

First reading

1 Maccabees 1:10-15,41-43,54-57,62-64

The persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes

There grew a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus; once a hostage in Rome, he became king in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks. It was then that there emerged from Israel a set of renegades who led many people astray. ‘Come,’ they said ‘let us reach an understanding with the pagans surrounding us, for since we separated ourselves from them many misfortunes have overtaken us.’ This proposal proved acceptable, and a number of the people eagerly approached the king, who authorised them to practise the pagan observances. So they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem, such as the pagans have, disguised their circumcision, and abandoned the holy covenant, submitting to the heathen rule as willing slaves of impiety.

    Then the king issued a proclamation to his whole kingdom that all were to become a single people, each renouncing his particular customs. All the pagans conformed to the king’s decree, and many Israelites chose to accept his religion, sacrificing to idols and profaning the sabbath. The king erected the abomination of desolation above the altar; and altars were built in the surrounding towns of Judah and incense offered at the doors of houses and in the streets. Any books of the Law that came to light were torn up and burned. Whenever anyone was discovered possessing a copy of the covenant or practising the Law, the king’s decree sentenced him to death.

    Yet there were many in Israel who stood firm and found the courage to refuse unclean food. They chose death rather than contamination by such fare or profanation of the holy covenant, and they were executed. It was a dreadful wrath that visited Israel.

Gospel

Luke 18:35-43

‘Son of David, have pity on me’

As Jesus drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God for what had happened.

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